Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 F1 title and becomes youngest world champion

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hamilton broke Alonso\'s record to become F1\'s youngest world champion
Hamilton broke Alonso's record to become F1's youngest world champion

Lewis Hamilton has won the 2008 F1 world championship after finishing fifth in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton has become the youngest ever driver to win the F1 world championship. Aged 23 years and 301 days, he has beaten Fernando Alonso’s record of 24 years 59 days which was set in 2005.

Hamilton is the ninth different British driver to win the world championship and his is the 13th title win by a British driver:

Countries’ champions

1. Britain 13 (Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill (2), Jim Clark (2), John Surtees, Jackie Stewart (3), James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton)
2. Brazil 8 (Emerson Fittipaldi (2), Nelson Piquet (3), Ayrton Senna (3))
3. Germany 7 (Michael Schumacher)
4. Argentina 5 (Juan Manuel Fangio)
=5. Australia 4 (Jack Brabham (3), Alan Jones)
=5. Austria 4 (Jochen Rindt, Niki Lauda (3))
=5. France 4 (Alain Prost)
=5. Finland 4 (Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen (2), Kimi Raikkonen)
9. Italy 3 (Giuseppi Farina, Alberto Ascari (2))
=10. United States 2 (Phil Hill, Mario Andretti)
=10. Spain 2 (Fernando Alonso)
=12. New Zealand 1 (Denny Hulme)
=12. South Africa 1 (Jody Scheckter)
=12. Canada 1 (Jacques Villeneuve)

McLaren’s champions

Hamilton is the seventh different driver to win a world championship for McLaren, joining Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen. The seven won 12 drivers’ titles in total for McLaren.

But Hamilton is only the second British driver to win a title for McLaren – the first being Hunt.

Lewis Hamilton biography

57 comments on “Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 F1 title and becomes youngest world champion”

  1. Wow!! Anyone got a Valium?

  2. Anyone with a spare heart?

  3. What a race, almost got a heart attack in the end,
    Spare a thought for the poor man though. Almost lost it twice in a row :P

    Congratulations Hamilton!!

  4. Congratulations to Hamilton and McLaren Mercedes, and to this great site… Cheers from Mexico City

  5. Wow what an end. It came down to the last corner to decide the champion.

    Must of been very hard for Massa to put in a perfect peformance but it coming down Glock putting in a bad lap.

    Not fan of Hamilton but he did a good job to win the championship.

  6. Fantastic championship, fantastic last race, fantastic last lap. I’m bitterly disappointed with the result, after all we would have been champion hadn’t it rained, but Hamilton deserved the title anyway… The point is: we in Brazil certainly have a great driver to support again… Congratulations for all of you British fans!

  7. In this moment of extreme sorrow and heartbrake for myself and many Ferrari supporters (likewise hamilton haters) worldwide I would like to announce my resignation of posting.
    It was an exciting, heartstopping race, Massa did everything I could possibly ask of him, simply superb. Kimi did everything he needed to, I was over the moon with his performance and likewise fantastic efforts by Alonso and Vettel.
    However, it was Glock who truly ruined, no, destroyed the weekend for all of us.
    I feel Massa’s pain now, I feel Ferrari’s pain right now and on this rather upsetting bombshell I would like to bid farewell to you all.

    Thankyou Keith for an amazing website, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on here and would like to say you have done some amazing stories. Maybe I will see you all in the new season,
    Best Regards, Amy

  8. Congratulations to Hamilton.

    I was on the phone to a mate because I couldn’t watch it after Vettel overtook Hamilton, but I turned round when Massa crossed the line and then I saw an unsightly slow Toyota and my heart dropped. Although it is moments such as the last 5 laps of this race which define what sport is.

    Gutted for Massa and Ferrari, but Hamilton has more points on curtain close, and is WDC for 2008.

  9. it’s a shame it happened to massa cos i think he’s a nice bloke but
    for all the hate that lewis has had from racist idiots the past two years, well it
    was the most sweetest of moments.

    i will watch the last lap for years to come and never forget how good that moment was.

    nice one lewis!!!!!

  10. Congratulations to Lewis, commiserations to Felipe.

    Interesting to note the Trulli and Glock, the only 2 drivers on dry tyres posted identical lap times on the last lap. No question of the championship being thrown – if they’d put wet tyres on, Glock wouldn’t have been ahead of Hamilton in the 1st place.

    Cracking end to the season. Here’s hoping for similar excitement with less controversy next year.

  11. So, off the the gold medal idea for next season, then? ;)

  12. Phew!!! Hugely delighted for Lewis, my nerves are in tatters. Good point about Trulli and Glock having identical last lap time as they were on dry tyres, so Lewis critics won’t have any foundation for saying he is undeserving. He won the championship against the rest of the paddock and the FIA. Commiserations to Massa, it was a hard fought battle and a very exciting season. Bring on next season!

  13. Massive LOLs at the Massa family’s premature celebrations then looks of horror as the Ferrari mechanic tells them that Hamilton finished 5th. Best footage of the season.

  14. David Watkins
    2nd November 2008, 20:21

    Just utter elation. Indescribable.

    Get the DVD and show it proudly to your grandchildren.

  15. stevepCambsUK
    2nd November 2008, 20:27

    What an amazing end to the F1 season, an hour later im still in shock. Hats off to Ferrari and i do feel their pain but Lewis and Mclaren do deserve the win, ive never witnessed anything like the last 5 laps. 2 laps from the end i was in tears not knowing Glock was on dry tyres and slowing down then when Lewis passed him i was in tears of happiness. I do believe Lewis should of won in his first year even more the reason why he deserves the WDC this yeah.

  16. Kudos though, to Felipe Massa for being such a gracious and dignified loser in the press conference. I’m sure he’d be delighted to know that my respect for him has grown immeasurably over the season, especially after the way he carried himself at the end of the race.

  17. One of the most heartwrenching race finishes I have ever seen in Formula One, an absolute classic race that will be played over the internet for many years to come.
    I congratulate Lewis Hamilton and McLaren on their fantastic achievement, and how sweet it must taste to them after last year’s disasterous finish. You have to feel sorry though, for Felipe Massa.
    I have been very critical of the FIA this season, and have, on more than one occasion, suggested an element of bias exists between the FIA and Ferrari. My feelings however for Ferrari, do not extend to the drivers themselves. Felipe Massa did all that could be asked of him today, and was totally dominant the whole weekend. In the end, it was sadly not enough for him, it was just a bridge too far.
    On the flipside of that argument, is Lewis Hamilton’s season. In some instances it seemed he was doing his best to destroy his chances for the championship. Bahrain, France, Canada, were all examples of mistakes by Hamilton coming back to hurt him, and then there was Spa.
    The decisions made at Spa by the stewards made up ‘my’ mind on who I should, and would, support. That man was Lewis Hamilton. The penalty in Japan that followed only strengthened my support, and, in many ways, the guilty have been punished. In the end, you just cannot tame raw talent, no matter how many penalties you can impose.
    I am sorry for Felipe Massa, but I am not sorry for Ferrari. The young Brazilian has more graciousness, more dignity, than Luca DeMontezemolo and the FIA put together. Because, in the end, they are not why we love this sport of ours. We love it for the drivers, for when then win and lose, for the different emotions. Today, mine are of pure joy. For Hamilton, vindication!! RULE BRITTIANIA.

  18. I’ve lost my voice! I think i’m recovering from a heart attack but what a race! What an end to a season!

    Regardless of the result I think we’ve all just witnessed what could quite possibly be the most exciting end to an F1 season ever or to come!!!

    F1 Boring????? My @SS its boring!


  19. Come on Keith, you know the drill: “Lewis Hamilton lucks into maiden championship”.

  20. Lewis, you have made me the happiest person alive … apart from maybe yourself, your family and your team. My God, you deserved it. I think I’ve lost my voice though.

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